What makes a good restaurant? At Broadsheet, we’re interested in how well a place lives up to its own ambitions, regardless of its age, price point or cuisine.

Maybe it offers value for money and an incredible atmosphere. Maybe it pioneered a trend, and remains the most vital example of it. Or maybe, after several decades in operation, it still offers an undeniably great experience. All are equally valid answers.

The remit may be wide, but if you’re looking for restaurants that both define and capture Perth’s culinary spirit, stop right here.

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A beachside wine bar modelled on a neighbourhood boteco, serving up small plates from the freshest local seafood.

406 South Terrace, South Fremantle

Si Paradiso

A “nuovo Italo-Australian” space offering all-day drinking, dining and dancing.

446 Beaufort Street, Highgate


Where wine is just as important as food.

6 The Esplanade, Perth

Millbrook Winery

Accessible kitchen garden dining in a glorious Perth Hills setting. A daytrip worth taking.

Old Chestnut Lane, Jarrahdale

Bread in Common

A mess hall dining room in Fremantle where exemplary bread, produce-driven cooking and great drinks rule.

43 Pakenham Street, Fremantle

Kailis Fish Market Cafe

This is one of Freo's best-loved spots. Now, after a makeover, it's looking better than ever. The food here is a cut above your average fish’n’chip joint. Choose from different fish fillets at the fry section. Or wander over to the whole-seafood for some sardines and king prawns. Then there's raw and grilled seafood, plus a killer fish burger. It's all backed up by a big wine list and a good roster of bottled cocktails.

46 Mews Road, Fremantle

Le Rebelle

Taking its cues from Parisian and New York City bistros, this neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant brings a fresh take on French food and wine to Beaufort Street.

676 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley


Looking for a special occasion restaurant? Indigenous Australian ingredients meet polished technique at the in-house fine diner of Como The Treasury.

1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth

Lulu La Delizia

Joel Valvasori-Pereza is serving some of Australia’s finest pasta in this Subiaco walkway.

Shop 5 97 Rokeby Road, Subiaco

Monsterella Pizza

Superb wood-fired pizza is just the start at this suburban diner.

46 Grantham Street, Wembley

Young George

A personable small bar run by wife-and-wife team Susan Whelan and Melissa Palinkas. Expect great drinks and punchy no-waste cooking.

48 George Street, East Fremantle

Long Chim

David Thompson's grungy, high-energy love letter to Bangkok street food is hot, hot, hot.

Basement Corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

An intimate, family-owned woodfire restaurant that champions West Australian farmers.

134 High Street, Fremantle

Fleur at The Royal

Fleur refuses to be pigeonholed. Take the French name, Japanese-ish food, and the native produce. What is certain, though, is that this one of the most exciting restaurants in Perth. It’s not fine dining in the traditional sense. But the cooking is intricate, the dishes are as delicious as they are creative and the service is warm.

531 Wellington Street, Perth


The Mary Street Bakery team presents its vision of an inner-city tavern, replete with spirited woodfired cooking and a specialist bottle shop.

Shop E2, QV Building 250 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room

A serious contender for the CBD's best-looking dining room, the Alex Hotel's in-house restaurant hangs its hat on sharp Mediterranean cooking and a far-reaching wine list.

214 William Street, Northbridge

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Neil Perry’s West Australian outpost keeps on keeping on with luxe renditions of steakhouse classics plus one of the country’s most formidable cellars.

Crown Perth Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
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A bijou diner in Nedlands serving value-packed omakase. Bookings aren’t just essential: they’re fiendishly difficult to score.

22 145 Stirling Highway, Nedlands


The setting might be North Fremantle, but Kurt Sampson – a former protégé of Greg Malouf – is all about big-hitting flavours and dishes from the Middle East.

222 Queen Victoria Street, North Fremantle

Petition Kitchen

Loud, buzzy and fun: this all-day dining room at the State Buildings is a worthy destination for everything from brunch to after-dinner drinks.

Cathedral Square Corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack Street, Perth

Il Lido

Sunny Italian cooking and drinking by Perth’s postcard-perfect Cottesloe Beach.

88 Marine Parade, Cottesloe

Lalla Rookh

An inner-city basement serving up great pizza and the freewheeling Italian cooking of chef Alex Haynes.

77 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Acqua e Sale

The pizza at this Sardinian-influenced diner is among the city's best. The handmade pasta, meanwhile, is uniformly excellent and the portions are big. Don’t miss the chewy house-made bread: it’s half-sourdough, half-yeast and is baked daily in the same woodfire oven as the pizza.

391 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth


Guy Grossi’s Roman-inspired trattoria at the Westin celebrates the food of the Eternal City with aplomb.

Hibernian Place 480 Hay Street, Perth
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El Publico

The best Mexican cantina in the city – and perhaps the entire country.

511 Beaufort Street, Highgate


Japanese comfort dining by day, bargain-priced omakase by night.

2 Corner Beasley Road and Dundee Street, Leeming

Island Market Trigg

Bold Middle Eastern cooking from one of Perth’s journeyman chefs.

364 West Coast Drive, Trigg


A lively BYO pizza spot bringing the good times to Maylands.

18 Lyric Lane, Maylands

Short Order Burger Co Perth

The gold standard for burgers in the CBD.

800 Hay Street, Perth

Wines of While

Love natural wines and comforting Mediterranean cooking? Welcome to your happy place.

458 William Street, Perth